Michael Moore, the controversial filmmaker and activist, is not taking things in stride when it comes to Donald Trump and his desire to take him down. Moore, a known critic of the U.S. president, has created Trumpileaks, a website dedicated to whistleblowers who are willing to spill secrets of Trump and his administration.
Moore wrote a rather lengthy open letter on HuffPost explaining the need for Trumpileaks. Moore stressed that it is the patriotic duty of every American to not stay silent when he or she discovers any wrongdoing within the government, particularly when it involves Trump.
The liberal activist encouraged those in government, law enforcement, or the private sector to share any information on the website that will expose any “crime, breaches of public trust and misconduct” committed by Trump and his associates on Trumpileaks. Moore stressed that whistleblowers are necessary to protect the country from tyranny.
“I know this is risky. I knew we may get in trouble. But too much is at stake to play it safe.”
Moore admitted that posting on Trumpileaks is a risky move, especially for those in the government. He knows that any form of digital communication is not 100 percent secure, which is why concerns regarding the website’s security are being dealt with. According to the filmmaker, Trumpileaks utilizes the “most secure technology possible to protect your anonymity.”
Moore cited a legislation that was unanimously voted upon back in 1778 to explain the importance of whistleblowers. The first ever whistleblower legislation said that “it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.” In other words, if one knows of irregularities committed by people in power, including the president, it is that person’s duty to tell the authorities.
Moore also cited a speech by a young congressman from years ago who explained the importance of whistleblowers. In the speech, Mike Pence, the former congressman and current vice president of the United States, condemned the attack on the First Amendment and stressed that whistleblowers will “refuse to come forward” “without the assurance of confidentiality.”
“Donald Trump thinks he’s above the law. He acts like he’s above the law. He’s STATED that he’s above the law.”
Moore pointed out that the firing of Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and James Comey are examples of Trump being above the law. Yates was the acting attorney general when she was dismissed by Trump for refusing to defend his controversial immigrant law. Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, who quickly enforced the divisive executive order.
Bharara, a known crusader against corruption, was also fired as the U.S. attorney after he refused to resign on orders of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. His dismissal was supposedly related to the investigation of Trump’s connection to Russia.
Comey is the latest to get the axe. The former FBI director was fired after he asked for more resources to be used in investigating Russia’s supposed role in the last presidential election. Trump did not deny allegations that Comey’s dismissal was connected to the investigation. In fact, Trump said that he fired Comey — whom he labeled as a “nut job” — to ease the investigation on the Russians.
Reuters noted that Moore has long been critical of Trump. The man behind documentaries such as Roger and Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and Sicko has also made the film Michael Moore in Trumpland, which centers on the 2016 presidential elections, particularly the campaign period. Moore is also scheduled to make Fahrenheit 11/9, which will be about Trump and his surprising win in the past election. The “11/9” part indicates the date, November 9, when Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election.
Moore also developed what he calls a “four-point strategy to end this carnage.” His strategy involves calling everyone to hold a mass citizen action, taking Trump to court non-stop, inviting better-qualified people to run for office, and bombarding Trump with an “army of satire.”
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